San Francisco’s Sustainable Resource District creates the future of green infrastructure

Guiding 80 public-private stakeholders to define Mayor Newsom’s district-wide sustainability plan.

District-wide green infrastructure
In 2008, in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom launched an effort to transform the Civic Center neighborhood into the City’s first Sustainable Resource District.  This would be the first time that the city addressed sustainability on the district scale across public and private sectors, including resource management and related socio-economic issues such as access to transportation, food security, affordable housing and historic preservation.  The Mayor’s specific goals for the District were:

  1. 80% potable water use reduction
  2. 45% wastewater discharge reduction
  3. 35% peak power demand met by renewables
  4. 33% annual energy reduction
  5. Reduction of the community carbon footprint by 2,225 tons annually; the equivalent of the annual greenhouse gas emissions of 1,286 San Francisco households

FIX’s Role
FIX was brought on by Urban Re:Vision to design and facilitate the initiative’s two-day kick-off workshop, guiding more than 80 city stakeholders, public utilities, engineers, social service advocates and designers through a transformative process to develop a collective vision.  The purpose was to design the systems that would accomplish the Mayor’s specific goals for the District while building consensus among the disparate public and private entities that would be responsible for implementing the initiative.  The outcome was a collective definition of a sustainable resource district and a road-map outlining agency responsibility and metrics.


ClientUrban Re:vision
Size62 acres
LocationSan Francisco, CA
ProgramSustainable infrastructure
Public parks and open space
Project visioning
ImpactCapacity: Enabling the San Francisco Department of Greening in pursuing the city’s first Sustainable Resource District